When I turned five, my mom asked me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday. Without skipping a beat, I exclaimed, “Strawberry Shortcake!” It was after all my favorite cake, and I was oblivious to the impracticality of such a request (it was December in 1978). Finding strawberries in December back then was nearly impossible, not to mention ridiculously expensive. However, on my birthday, a strawberry shortcake appeared before me as if by magic. And it was. It may have been the best strawberry shortcake ever made.
A few weeks ago, I asked my mom over for Easter lunch knowing that she’d ask me what she could bring. My response, of course, was “Strawberry Shortcake.” I offered to provide the strawberries because on top of loving to eat strawberry shortcake, I also loved picking strawberries as a child. So, my husband, five-year-old daughter and I visited one of the local u-pick strawberry fields. In return, I again had a delicious dessert for the memory books. Admittedly, there have been a few tweaks to the recipe over the years, but to me, it’s still magic.